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Save the Cat with ChatGPT

Or the theme of your novel, at least. There are dozens of formulas to choose from when you start writing fiction. There’s the hero’s journey, the three act structure, the seven point story structure, and so many more. It can be overwhelming, there is no doubt. And to add to the confusion, they aren’t all appropriate for every type of story. Every genre has its… Read More »Save the Cat with ChatGPT

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Love at First Write: 25 Unforgettable Romance Prompts to Inspire Your Next Bestseller

There comes a time in every fiction writer’s life when they need a new idea. Maybe you finished the piece you were working on and need something new (congrats!). Or maybe you need something fresh to spark your interest. When this happens, one of the best ways to get started again (at least for me) is to skim some writing prompts to see if anything… Read More »Love at First Write: 25 Unforgettable Romance Prompts to Inspire Your Next Bestseller

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A Complete Short Story Walkthrough: Using ChatGPT to Create a Mystery Story From Start to Finish (Part 3)

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. Find Part 1 here. Find Part 2 here. This final part of the series is all about how I generated the actual text for “Fires of Deceit” with ChatGPT. I used the outline that I molded from parts one and two to guide ChatGPT through each small section of the piece and had it rewrite or… Read More »A Complete Short Story Walkthrough: Using ChatGPT to Create a Mystery Story From Start to Finish (Part 3)

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A Complete Short Story Walkthrough: Using ChatGPT to Create a Mystery Story From Start to Finish (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series. Find Part 1 here. Following from my previous post, this post will be about the character development and mystery pieces for “The Fires of Deceit,” the short story that I created with ChatGPT. If you want to see how I brainstormed the story with ChatGPT, check out the first post in this series. In the final… Read More »A Complete Short Story Walkthrough: Using ChatGPT to Create a Mystery Story From Start to Finish (Part 2)

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A Complete Short Story Walkthrough: Using ChatGPT to Create a Mystery Story From Start to Finish (Part 1)

This is part 1 of 3. Read part 2 here. Read Part 3 here. GPT-4 came out recently and I’ve been geeking out on it a whole lot, just seeing what it might be capable of. So far I’ve discovered that it can write entire stories from a picture, create sudoku and crossword puzzles, and create a business plan around an app idea and then… Read More »A Complete Short Story Walkthrough: Using ChatGPT to Create a Mystery Story From Start to Finish (Part 1)

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How to do Research for Historical Fiction with ChatGPT

My first historical fiction novel, Darkest of Waters, is nearing completion. This particular novel has been in the works for almost a decade. It started with a trip I took by train from Dresden to Prague and grew over the years to be a complicated psychological suspense with a lot of gothic vibes. I did a massive amount of research for this book. I have… Read More »How to do Research for Historical Fiction with ChatGPT